'Evangelion 3.03.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time': Where the Film Fits in the 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' Franchise

The fourth movie in the Rebuild of Evangelion film series is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video on August 13, 2021.

Evangelion 3.03.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time is the latest part of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, and creator Hideaki Anno acts as chief director.

Anno also wrote the film, which is co-directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki, Katsuichi Nakayama and Mahiro Maeda.

The long-awaited film is part of an alternate retelling of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which originally aired from October 1995 to March 1996.

It follows on from the films Evangelion:1.11 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion:2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion:3.33 You Can (Not) Redo, which will also be released on Amazon Prime Video.

The franchise is one of Japan's most popular anime since it first began, and it has a significant impact on pop culture, and the latest flick proving a big hit as it's the highest-grossing movie in Japanese cinemas in 2021, so far.

What is Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time about?

Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time is the final part of the Rebuild of Evangelion films, and adapts the original series with a completely new ending.

The franchise itself focuses on Evangelions (Evas), artificial humans, and humanoid weapons, who help fight mysterious beings known as Angels after Earth was thrown off its axis by a cataclysmic event called the Second Impact.

It follows lead character Shinji Ikari, a fourteen-year-old boy who is enlisted to pilot the mechanical warriors (mecha) against the Angels, alongside Asuka Shikinami Langley and Rei Ayanami.

Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time sees the three characters wander around Japan as Misato Katsuragi and her anti-Nerv group Wille try to restore the city of Paris, which has become red from coreization.

Meanwhile, Mari Illustrious Makinami, her Eva Unit 8, and the Wunder fleet are tasked with fighting off a number of Nerve Evas in the French capital.

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Where Does Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time Fit in the Neon Genesis Evangelion Franchise Timeline?

The Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise is a curious one, as the anime series and films that have followed the original show feature the same setting, characters and themes, but are also alternate retellings.

Following Anno's ground-breaking debut series, the franchise continued with the film Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth which was released in March 1997.

The sci-fi movie was split into two parts, Evangelion: Death and Evangelion: Rebirth, and they recapped and re-edited the anime series' Episodes 1 to 24 in the first half, and the first 25 minutes of Episode 25 in the second.

A follow-up movie known as The End of Evangelion was then released in July 1997, which provided an alternate version of the final episodes of the series.

The four-part film series Rebuild of Evangelion does much the same thing as it is also a retelling of the original series, though it does include new settings and characters, as well as a completely different ending.

With that in mind, it's best for fans to watch the franchise's anime series and films in release order, so that they can see how Anno's storytelling has changed since his original vision 26 years ago.

How Can You Watch the Neon Genesis Evangelion Franchise?

Evangelion 3.03.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

The other three films in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Evangelion:1.11 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion:2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion:3.33 You Can (Not) Redo will also be released by the streaming service.

However, the original Neon Genesis Evangelion is currently on Netflix, alongside the films Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and the The End of Evangelion.

Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time launches on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 13, 2021.